Truth in Context: An Essay on Pluralism and Objectivity

Truth in Context: An Essay on Pluralism and Objectivity

by Michael P. Lynch
     
 

ISBN-10: 026262155X

ISBN-13: 9780262621557

Pub. Date: 09/01/2001

Publisher: MIT Press

Academic debates about pluralism and truth have become increasingly polarized in recent years. One side embraces extreme relativism, deeming any talk of objective truth as philosophically naive. The opposition, frequently arguing that any sort of relativism leads to nihilism, insists on an objective notion of truth according to which there is only one true story of…  See more details below

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Academic debates about pluralism and truth have become increasingly polarized in recent years. One side embraces extreme relativism, deeming any talk of objective truth as philosophically naive. The opposition, frequently arguing that any sort of relativism leads to nihilism, insists on an objective notion of truth according to which there is only one true story of the world. Both sides agree that there is no middle path.

In Truth in Context, Michael Lynch argues that there is a middle path, one where metaphysical pluralism is consistent with a robust realism about truth. Drawing on the work of Hilary Putnam, W. V. O. Quine, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, among others, Lynch develops an original version of metaphysical pluralism that he calls relativistic Kantianism. He argues that facts and propositions can be taken as relative without this entailing that our ordinary concept of truth is a relative, epistemic, or "soft" concept. The truths may be relative, but our concept of truth need not be.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262621557
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Series:
Bradford Books Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1The Faces of Pluralism9
2Understanding Conceptual Schemes31
3Extending Our Worldview55
4The Nature of Existence77
5The Currents of Truth101
6The True and the Real141
Notes159
References169
Index177

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